AlterPHP AlterPHP - 5 years ago 128
Javascript Question

How to select all inputs having same name and index them by their name

I have to handle a form generated by a third part. This form provides some checkbox "multi-select" attributes. But input name's are identical, and PHP $_POST can't handle identical keys (only the last data is handled).

Here is an example of the form :

<input type="checkbox" name="attr1" value="1" />
<input type="checkbox" name="attr1" value="2" />
<input type="checkbox" name="attr1" value="3" />
<input type="checkbox" name="attr1" value="4" />
<input type="checkbox" name="attr2" value="xx" />
<input type="checkbox" name="attr3" value="a" />
<input type="checkbox" name="attr3" value="b" />
<input type="checkbox" name="attr3" value="c" />
<input type="checkbox" name="attr3" value="d" />
<input type="text" name="attr4" value="" />

I'd like to parse all checkbox inputs, get only group of same name inputs, and append "[]" to their name...

What I want to get after jQuery processing :

<input type="checkbox" name="attr1[]" value="1" />
<input type="checkbox" name="attr1[]" value="2" />
<input type="checkbox" name="attr1[]" value="3" />
<input type="checkbox" name="attr1[]" value="4" />
<input type="checkbox" name="attr2" value="xx" />
<input type="checkbox" name="attr3[]" value="a" />
<input type="checkbox" name="attr3[]" value="b" />
<input type="checkbox" name="attr3[]" value="c" />
<input type="checkbox" name="attr3[]" value="d" />
<input type="text" name="attr4" value="" />

Is there a way to identify group of inputs with same name ?

Answer Source

This will append [] to the name of each checkbox item if there exists another item with the same name.

var name_map = {};
$("input[type=checkbox]")  // for all checkboxes
    .each(function() {  // first pass, create name mapping
        var name =;
        name_map[name] = (name_map[name]) ? name + "[]" : name;
    .each(function() {  // replace name based on mapping = name_map[];


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